Heart Health – Page Four


Widespread Chronic Sleep Deprivation Seen as a Cause for Concern
There are multiple causes for the so-called lifestyle-related diseases that plague us today. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension can mostly be blamed on poor nutrition, lack of exercise, stress and, as scientists increasingly find out, sleep deprivation. Over the last few decades, Americans have kept cutting back on their sleep as their lives have become busier. While a few generations ago people slept for eight hours or more, most Americans have to get by on six hours or less today.
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Following a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Can Add Years to Your Life
Do you observe a healthy diet, abstain from smoking, watch your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose levels and do you exercise at least for 30 minutes three times a week? If so, your chances of dying from a heart attack are much lower than those of your contemporaries with less health-promoting lifestyles. Researchers found that taking a few simple, commonsense steps to protect your heart can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease more substantially than previously thought.
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Let Food Be Thy Medicine for a Healthy Heart
Would you rather eat a heart-healthy bowl of oatmeal with sliced strawberries and almonds or take medicine to lower your cholesterol? If you chose the more flavorful option, you’d achieve nearly the same benefits, according to research evaluating a cholesterol-lowering diet done by a group of Canadian researchers.
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How Bad Is a Little Bad?
Someone recently asked me, “If my blood sugar and blood pressure are only a little high, not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes or hypertension, does it really matter?” This person acknowledged that he’d been gaining weight over the last ten years and asked (with a reluctant look in his eyes), “Do I really need to go on a diet now?” This is metabolic syndrome, and one in every three American adults has it. It doesn’t only change your risk of heart disease, it also affects your risk of cancer and other diseases. Fortunately, you can do something about it.
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The Heart Benefits of Red Wine
Have you ever noticed how people in France routinely partake of artery-clogging cream sauces, butter and other fatty, cholesterol-laden foods like foie gras – yet have only half the rate of heart disease that Americans do? The key to this mystery, which researchers dubbed the “French paradox” in the early 1990′s, is thought to be the liberal amounts of red wine French people drink together with their high fat meals.
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Seven Things Women Must Know About Heart Disease
Major research trials have changed the recommended priorities for preventing heart disease in women over the past decade, yet many women still focus on messages based on older studies based primarily on men. We’ve achieved major drops in death rates due to heart disease over the last few decades, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), but now deaths from heart disease in middle-aged American women actually seem to be increasing.
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For Women with Heart Disease – Mediterranean or Low-Fat Diet?
Many people automatically assume heart-healthy eating means low-fat eating. But it’s the Mediterranean eating pattern, which focuses on nutrient-rich plant foods and healthy fats, that studies say may be the best bet for many. That’s especially true for women, because it’s an eating pattern linked with higher HDL (“good cholesterol”) levels, which are key to reducing women’s heart disease risk.
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Cholesterol Won’t Go Down? Check Your Healthy Eating Strategy
I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve told me healthy eating doesn’t work to lower their blood cholesterol. Indeed, some people’s cholesterol is resistant to diet. Yet more often than not, when I ask what they’ve tried, it’s “a low-fat diet.” The good news: If that sounds like you, you haven’t begun to see the impact of a broad-based strategy of healthy choices on your blood cholesterol and overall heart disease risk.
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The Egg Controversy Revisited
Eating eggs can almost be as bad for your health as smoking, according to Canadian researchers whose findings reignited a long-standing controversy over the nutritional benefits and detriments of eggs, or more specifically, egg yolks.
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Salt and Flavor Savvy
Pepper may be used to add heat but when it comes to diet, the seasoning closest to the fire is salt. Talking about spicing things up: Government health officials have declared sodium in table salt as a nutritional no-no and advice to limit intake in home cooking, restaurant menus, processed foods and school lunches. Sodium levels in foods have been on the nutrition watch list for years because research has shown that too much sodium is associated with high blood pressure, which can increase the risk for heart attack and stroke.
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For Heart Disease Patients, Meditation Can Be a Lifesaver, Study Finds
New research, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), found that people with heart disease who regularly meditate may be able to reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke nearly by half.
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